The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has proposed to make the study of law a second-degree course in Nigerian Universities.
In a statement signed by the NBA secretary, Isiaka Olagunju, the
development is to raise the bar for Nigerian lawyers and to find a
lasting solution to the seemingly low standard of legal profession in
To this effect, a 23-man committee has been inaugurated by the NBA
president, Abubakar Mahmud, SAN and chaired by Chief Anthony Idigbe,
SAN, while Dr Aminu Gamawa is the secretary.
He noted that the idea is still an agenda for the committee, he said the
committee would look at the current size of the legal profession and
its exponential growth in recent years in relation to the needs of the
Nigerian economy. Also the committee will consider the desirability of
candidates seeking admission to the law faculties in Nigeria to possess a
degree in another discipline as a condition for admission.
The agenda reads in part “Review the current regulatory objectives and
the regulatory architecture of the legal profession and advise on its
suitability to meet the current requirements for a robust, responsive
and independent modern legal profession in Nigeria.’’
He added that the Nigerian Bar Association has repeatedly expressed
concerns in the falling standard of legal education and legal practice,
he described it as a disturbing phenomenon that must be addressed
urgently and adequately.
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